News Flash – 16 September 2017

National News



With no cash in hand, 3 bank burglars play it safe



NAVI MUMBAI: Three youths who broke into a nationalized bank in Kharghar early on Friday stole only the digital video recorder of CCTV cameras on the premises after they could not lay their hands on the cash. Kharghar police arrested the trio who struck at Sector 30, and booked them for burglary. Police said they stole the DVR to prevent themselves from being identified. Irshad Mansuri (20), a resident of Ova Peth village, Rohit More (22), from Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Sector 8, CBD, and Mukesh Aade (20), a resident of Kuber Society in Sector 4 broke into Canara Bank in Rameshwar Building in Sector 30. Senior inspector Dilip Kale said, “They attempted to break open the huge metal treasury using an iron rod. They dented the treasury but could not lay their hands on the cash inside”. Sub-inspector Nitin Shinde said, “While probing the burglary at the bank, we rounded up four suspects from Owe Peth for breaking open a paan stall near the bank. Aade spilt the beans about them targeting the bank with two aides.



He led us to More and Mansuri, who were apprehended in CBD and Ove Peth respectively. The stolen DVR has been recovered”. He said, “The trio claimed that as the bank branch was opened only two months ago, they thought the cash was stored in ordinary lockers, and hence did not carry a gas cutter to open the safe. They were taken aback after seeing the metal treasury, with a password protected security feature”. Shinde added, “More was jailed in Delhi for four years as he was probably convicted for attempt to murder. He was released from jail about a week back, after which he returned to Kharghar and met his aides and targeted the bank. Aade indulges in petty crime, while Mansuri claims that he is an auto driver and works at night, but it seems he commits crime under that pretext. The trio has been remanded to police custody till Monday”.



Driving licence tests to be video-recorded



NEW DELHI: The next time you are tested at the wheel for a driving licence, be prepared to have your performance video-recorded. The AAP government informed the Delhi high court on Friday that it had agreed to the court’s suggestion to record practical tests taken by applicants as a step to prevent untrained or rash drivers from getting licences. “We are in the process of informing our training schools that they should do the needful,” government standing counsel Satyakam told a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar. Videographers will be hired to record outdoor tests for both commercial and light vehicles, he said. The bench had suggested the move during the last date of hearing in April. The lawyer said the government and its transport department had also decided that closed circuit cameras will be installed in areas where written tests are conducted. HC then asked the government to file a status report detailing the procedure and how it intends to go about implementing it, along with the time frame. The court is hearing a PIL demanding tightening of norms for granting licenses to prospective drivers to ensure that those who can’t driver properly or are prone to rash driving don’t manage to get a licence.


In his PIL, social activist Pawan Kumar alleged that there was collusion and rampant corruption in the city’s transport department, and blamed its officials for a spate of accidents causing by speeding or rash driving. He also sought directions to the department and other agencies to reduce accidents by untrained drivers, who need to be identified at the very first stage when they apply for a license. On the last date of hearing, Justice Mittal wondered why the department doesn’t videograph the tests under taken by applicants to check corruption by its staff and bring in greater transparency in the process. HC recommended that the recordings of such practical tests must be preserved for a long time to zero in on people who cause accidents due to reckless driving. A driving licence is granted under the Motor Vehicles Act that provides for certain preliminary tests for every candidate. Earlier, the Delhi government had assured the court it had revoked improperly granted licences, displayed the list of such licences on the website and also taking other measures to ensure that the requirement of the Motor Vehicles Act was complied with.


Times View: The idea of videography for driving licence tests is one that other states and union territories should adopt. Fake driving licences are unfortunately all too common all across the country — though they may be more common in some states than in others — and this is one step that can be taken towards minimizing the problem. Considering that untrained drivers at the wheels can endanger the lives of others, any step that reduces this problem is one well worth taking.



Fire breaks out at godown in Dharavi, 8 fire engines rushed to spot



MUMBAI: A fire broke out in a godown at the 90 Feet Road in Dharavi area around 8.55am on Friday. Eight fire engines, four water tankers and one ambulance have been rushed to the spot. Fire officials said there have been no casualties but effort to douse the flames is still on.



SDMC to hire hands to keep school’s safe



NEW DELHI: In the wake of the Ryan International School murder, South Delhi Municipal Corporation plans to hire 200 chowkidars and 250 attendants for its schools to improve safety on the school campus. Over 2.5 lakh students, most from very humble backgrounds, study in 581 South Corporation schools. “We are conscious about the need to further improve safety arrangements in our schools,” said mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat. The decision comes after TOI highlighted the lack of a safety net in municipal schools. No South Corporation school has gatekeepers or guards to monitor the entry of visitors. Though schools have been instructed to close their main gates after the school assembly, and to keep them closed till classes give over, not all schools adhere to the guidelines. “After the Ryan school incident, we have issued an advisory and asked the schools to follow safety guidelines strictly. No visitor should be allowed inside without his or her details being recorded and identity checked,” said Sehrawat. An official said the process of hiring chowkidars and attendants had started and appointments are expected to be finalised soon. The chowkidars will be made to undergo an orientation programme and follow a code of behaviour. Together, the three corporations run around 1,650 primary schools attended by around 7.9 lakh girls and boys in Classes I to V. Most of the students are below 10 years and need higher levels of protection.



2 fraudsters target 5 ATMs in Bengaluru, copy card details

Skimming Racket busted CID DGP Kishore Chandra, C.H. Pratap Reddy, IGP CID addressed media about the International Skimming racket busted by Cyber Crime police of CID Karnataka Hungarian and Romanian Nationals who were arrested, in city, Bengaluru on Friday.



BENGALURU: The security of five ATMs in Bengaluru has been compromised allegedly by two Europeans, who were caught retrieving a skimmer they had installed in a cash vending kiosk of a private bank at Kempegowda International Airport in the early hours of Wednesday , CID police said. Suspecting that the stolen data may have gone beyond the Indian shores, CID cybercrime officials said they have asked customers who have used these ATMs between September 1 and 12 to change their password. The banks have also been asked to alert their customers. Canara Bank general manager MN Chinawar said they have instructed the bank’s IT department to block the affected cards. Citibank said it will continue to take all steps to safeguard its customers’ interests. Dan Sabin Cristian, 40, of Angeles City in Romania, and Mare Janos, 44 of Ciorbalina, Hungary are part of a gang based in the United Kingdom. The duo was picked up from the ATM of Kotak Mahindra Bank at the Bengaluru airport, CID DGP HC Kishore Chanda said. The duo confessed to installing skimmers in the ATMs. While they managed to steal data from the skimmers installed at four ATMs, their luck ran out at the fifth cash kiosk where police lay in wait for them. The CID officers suspect the duo might have shared the stolen data with their associates in the UK. Not a single case of data compromise has been reported yet, CID sources said.


“Data downloaded from their laptop is encrypted, and it will take time to find out whether they have shared the information with their gang. We’ve decided to inform banks to alert customers who have used the compromised ATMs to change password immediately. We, too, request the public to change their password,” CID additional director general of police Pratap Reddy said. Kotak Mahindra Bank had complained to the CID’s cybercrime wing that its cash loading staff had noticed a device -suspected to be a skimmer -at the MG Road ATM. Police swooped down on the ATM by which time the skimmer had been retrieved by the fraudsters. No compromise of customer data, says Citibank “Security of customer information is of paramount importance to Citi. To the best of our understanding, there has been no compromise of any customer data due to this fraudulent activity as on date, and we shall continue to take all possible steps to safeguard our customers’ interests. We are monitoring the situation and co-operating with the law enforcement agency,” a Citibank spokesperson said.



Nacharam remains marooned, floods trigger exodus to safety

Flood water entered Nacharam Nala from Banda Cheruvu



HYDERABAD: Over 48 hours after thunderstorms and rainfall lashed the city on Wednesday night, low-lying areas such Indira Nagar and Raghavendra Nagar in Nacharam continue to be inundated. According to civic officials, normalcy is expected to return to these areas by Saturday if there is no further rainfall. “A total of 10 machines have been pressed into action to pump out water from these areas. Everything will get back to normal provided there no heavy downpour again,” said S Pankaja, deputy commissioner, Nacharam division, GHMC. With these two colonies flooded due to the overflow of Nacharama Nala and HMT Nagar Lake, locals are panic stricken and were moving to safer places in hoards. “I have locked my house and am moving to my in-law’s place. I shifted some electronics goods to the upper shelves of my house to keep them safe. I wanted to shift to a safer place on Thursday but was unable to do so as the stretch was completely inundated,” said Krishna M, a resident of Indira Nagar who had to wade through knee deep water in his locality.


Airing similar grievances, residents of Raghavendra Nagar said their colony saw water levels go as high as three feet. “On Wednesday when I tried to step out of my house to get the food packets being distributed by GHMC staff, I found the water level was over my waist. Today it has thankfully come down to knee level,” said a college student residing in Raghavendra Colony. The water entered Nacharam Nala from Banda Chervu. The nala connecting Bandachervu to Nacharam was 12-metre-wide, but has since been to 2.5-meter width due to encroachments, which is the primary reason for the flooding of Nacharam as well as Malkajgiri, civic officials said. On the other hand, it was water from Safilguda Lake, RK Puram Lake and Kapra Lake that entered Banda Cheruvu. Meanwhile, water has been drained out of other parts of the city that were inundated on Thursday including East Anand Bagh in Malkajgiri, Sai Nagar Colony at LB Nagar Circle and Kukatpally.



Dengue death neighbourhood suffers glaring civic apathy



KOLKATA: Stagnant water inside under-construction buildings, mounds of garbage and dirty waterbodies — the civic apathy at Vidyasagar Colony in Jadavpur where a man died of dengue on Thursday was glaring. Sixty-year-old Shivshankar Jha’s death is the first dengue casualty but definitely not the first case of dengue in the neighbourhood, the residents said. Jha was admitted to hospital with high fever and multiple complications on Wednesday. Doctors carried out an NS1 test which confirmed dengue. In the past three weeks there have been several “low intensity” cases of dengue in Vidysagar Colony and its vicinity. Vidyasagar Colony is located off Ganguly Baganin Jadavpur where real estate development is gradually nudging away standalone homes. Krishnendu Nag, who stays in the same neighbourhood as the deceased Jha recovered from dengue last week. “There have been several cases in the neighbourhood in the past few weeks. The test confirmed dengue,” said Nag, 46. Residents said that stagnant water inside under-construction building was the main source of breeding of mosquitoes. “There is rampant construction happening in this area. The buildings are at various stages of completion. Mosquitoes breed in the water inside these buildings,” said a local resident.


The disease, which had been restricted to South Dum Dum and the northern fringes of the city till last week, has now claimed four lives in less than seven days in the KMC area. Last week, a father son duo had succumbed in Kasba, followed by the death of an infant in Karaya on Tuesday evening. The recent dengue deaths in the city have shown that the dengue outbreak is not limited to the northern fringes of the city. Even till two weeks ago, dengue was limited to different pockets of Dum Dum. But four deaths in less than 10 days are indicating towards a dangerous trend that dengue is spreading in the densely populated neighbourhoods in Kolkata, especially south Kolkata. In 2015, dengue became widespread after the outbreak in Salt Lake from where it entered the city limits through EM Bypass, Tiljala, Topsia and then entered south Kolkata through East Kolkata Township Project area and the Prince Anwar Shahconnector to Bypass. Last week experts had warned that dengue may spread quickly affecting many people in the city. The city has witnessed two more deaths since then. Local councillor Debashish Mukherjee admitted that dengue was a cause for concern in the area but he insisted that the residents were equally responsible for cleanliness. “We have been spreading awareness and carrying out cleanliness drive to restrict the spread of dengue. The health workers are visiting neighbourhoods and checking the stagnant water pockets,” said Mukherjee.



Vellore gets state’s first city livelihood centre



VELLORE: In a welcome move, the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Women Development has established the state’s first City livelihood centre-service centre (CLC-SC)at Vellore. Now, residents of the Fort City can find plumbers, electricians or a tuition teacher by just making a phone call. The CLC-SC has been established under the center’s National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM). Being the first such facility in the state, it would provide service in 36 fields. Public can contact the service centre over phone (0416-2212551) to hire technicians for household works. The centre was inaugurated by Vellore collector S A Raman at the district panchayat office. The centre would send technicians to attend the customer complaints. Customers should pay the technicians who attend complaints. Of the total amount earned by the technician, 10% would be paid to the centre. “If a car or bike develops a snag, mechanics will go the spot and repair,” said an official. With the help of community coordinators, authorities have enrolled 77 experienced people in different trades. “We have received over 12o applications from electricians to tuition teachers. We have verified their records and shortlisted 77 persons. “They will be in our regular service providers list.



We will continue to register well-qualified persons to have a pool of service provides in the coming days,” said project director of TN Corporation for Women Development, Vellore, A R Sivaraman. The department has engaged a lady to book calls at the centre, which will be open from 9am to 8pm. “We will also conduct post service inquiry with customers to ensure the quality of the service and also to ensure that the customers are not charged extra. We are also planning to replicate Rajasthan‘s successful model and extend more services in the coming days,” Sivaraman added. The list of services include electrician, plumber, musician, driver, conductor, mason, typist, cook, painters and carpenters, auto driver, tailor, television mechanic, orchestra, dance and music teacher, tuition teacher, gardener, two-wheeler and four-wheeler mechanic, air conditioner mechanic, roof gardening, wielder, laundry, courier service, water tank and sewage tank cleaning, children and caretakers for patients.



International News



Isis claims ‘bucket bomb’ attack on London Underground, UK threat level raised to ‘critical’

A police forensic tent stands setup on the platform next to the train on which a homemade bomb exploded at Parsons Green subway station in London, Friday.



BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a packed London Underground train on Friday, that injured at least 29 people. “The bombing on a metro in London was carried out by a detachment of the Islamic State” group, it said in a statement published by its Amaq propaganda agency. An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on a packed underground train at a London station on Friday, injuring at least 29 people in the fifth terrorist attack this year, which Prime Minister Theresa May said was “clearly intended to cause significant harm”. The explosion, on a District Line Tube in the British capital’s southwest, occurred as the train pulled into Parsons Green station. Commuters said they heard a bang and saw a fireball inside the carriage when the “bucket bomb” exploded. Several people suffered facial burns, some reportedly were even trampled in the rush to escape. But none of the injuries were life threatening. Pictures of a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, with wires trailing on to the carriage floor of the train went viral on social media. Investigators were examining what appears to be a circuit board recovered from the scene, news reports said.


Scotland Yard said it was a terror incident and they “assess” an IED triggered the blast. A hunt was on for a suspect the British media labelled as the “bucket bomber”. Prime Minister Theresa May returned to London to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee. She called the incident a “cowardly attack” and said the national threat level had been raised a notch to its highest level, “critical”. This is the fifth terrorism incident in the UK this year. The London Ambulance Service said 29 people have been treated in hospital. Police said that ‘most’ had ‘flash burns’. Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism squad, SO15, has taken the lead in the investigation from the transport police. “Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, has declared it a terrorist incident,” the police said in a statement earlier in the day.



Knife-wielding man attacks soldier in Paris, no injuries



PARIS: A knife-wielding man attacked a soldier on patrol as part of an anti-terror operation in Paris on Friday but did not cause any injuries, police said. The attacker lunged at the soldier at the central Chatelet metro station around 6.30am (0430 GMT), making reference to Allah, a police source said. The soldier quickly brought the man under control.



At least 33 dead in Nigeria boat capsize: Emergency services



KANO: At least 33 people drowned after an overloaded boat carrying traders from Niger capsized in northwest Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Friday. NEMA coordinator Suleiman Mohammed Karim told AFP that the accident happened in a remote area of Kebbi state on Wednesday morning. “Thirty-three bodies were salvaged from the river while 23 are still missing… We presume they are all dead”.

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